Wounded officers struggle with news of Hinckley’s release


WASHINGTON (AP) — The two law enforcement officers who were shot by John Hinckley Jr. when he tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan have mixed feelings about the news that Hinckley will soon go free.

Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and District of Columbia police officer Thomas Delahanty each took a bullet to protect Reagan. McCarthy spent five more years protecting the president and is now a police chief in Illinois. Delahanty retired on disability after the shooting and lives quietly in a Pittsburgh suburb.

McCarthy tells The Associated Press he respects the judge’s decision to release Hinckley from a psychiatric hospital to live with his mother. But that doesn’t mean he agrees with it. He says what Hinckley did is “unforgivable.”

Delahanty tells AP he’s “not too enthused” about Hinckley’s release.

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